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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19
RADIO TO WRAP, BAKE AND DECORATE BY
RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE (12-19-51) Dick Powell stars as Richard Diamond, who dramatizes his favorite Christmas story, A Christmas Carol, with the help of various characters from the Diamond series. With Virginia Gregg, Alan Reed, Arthur Q. Bryan, Jack Kruschen, Barney Phillips. Camel Cigarettes, ABC. (27 min)
AN OLD-TIME RADIO CHRISTMAS CAROL (12-22-90) A special presentation written and performed exclusively for Those Were the Days by Ken Alexander. It’s the story of a man who believes in Christmas... but not in old-time radio. Produced by Brian Johnson. (18 min)
NIGHTBEAT (12-20-50) Frank Lovejoy stars as Randy Stone, night beat reporter for the Chicago Star, who recalls the year before when his editor gave him a five-day vacation, during which he learned the true meaning of Christmas. Cast: Kate McKenna, Sammy Ogg, Ralph Moody, William Conrad, Gale Bonney. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
BING CROSBY SHOW (12-21-49) It’s Bing’s annual Christmas show, with announcer Ken Carpenter, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra, Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, and guest Ethel Barrymore. Bing sings “Adeste Fidelis,” “The Christmas Song,” “White Christmas” and others. Chesterfield Cigarettes, CBS. (30 min)
CBS RADIO WORKSHOP (12-23-56) “All Is Bright” tells the story of how “Silent Night” was written and grew to become one of the most celebrated songs of the season. With Rudolf Weiss, Joe Julian, Herb Dinkin. Sustaining, CBS. (25 min)
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (12-18-45) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Arthur Q. Bryan as Doctor Gamble, Shirley Mitchell as Alice Darling, Bea Benaderet as Mrs. Carstairs, Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. McGee decides to paint the Christmas tree white. Teeney and the King’s Men sing “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (12-25-45) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Arthur Q. Bryan, Bea Benaderet, Gale Gordon as Mayor LaTrivia, Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. Fibber gets a Christmas gift from Doctor Gamble, but no one can figure out what it is! The King’s Men sing “Jingle Bells.” Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (12-26-54) With Edgar Bergen, Ray Noble and the Orchestra, Pat Patrick as Ercil Twing, Hans Conried and guest William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy. Charlie talks about the television set he received for Christmas and Bergen wonders how he would look on television. AFRS rebroadcast. (27 min)
THE WORLD’S GREAT NOVELS (12-26-47) Christmas chapters from Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers, offering “a few scenes of the merry Yuletide season in the England of the early 19th Century, by an author unsurpassed in his ability to capture that spirit and endow his characters with it.” Produced in Chicago, with John Barkley, Johnny Coons, Philip Lord, Arthur Peterson, George Kluge, Sidney Ellstrom, Cliff Norton, Geraldine Kay. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
COUPLE NEXT DOOR (12-29-58) Starring Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce, with Francie Meyer as Betsy and Margaret Hamilton as Aunt Effie. A few days after Christmas, Betsy finds a mysterious Christmas present on the tree. Sustaining, CBS. (15 min)
CALLING ALL DETECTIVES (1-5-49) Paul Barnes stars as Detective Jerry Browning and plays all of the other roles. On a cold January evening, Jerry spies a diamond on the branches of a discarded Christmas tree. Syndicated. (8 min)
OUR MISS BROOKS (12-31-50) Eve Arden stars as Miss Brooks, with Gale Gordon as Osgood Conklin, Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton, Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Jane Morgan as Mrs. Davis, Gloria McMillan as Harriet Conklin, Joseph Kearns as Mr. Dale. It’s a few days after Christmas and Miss Brooks is at the department store to return the gifts she received from Mr. Conklin and Mr. Boynton. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (30 min)
QUIET, PLEASE (12-26-48) “Berlin, 1945” starring Ernest Chappell in a story written and directed by Wyllis Cooper. A group of soldiers stationed in Germany after the war celebrates Christmas. Cast includes Frank Thomas, James Goss, James Monks, Melville Ruick, Warren Stevens. Sustaining, ABC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 2
A NEW YEAR OF ADVENTURES
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (4-8-44) “The Cobra King Strikes Back” starring David Ellis as Capt. Bart Friday, with Jack Edwards as Skip Turner and Ken Christy as Dr. Carter. Captain Friday is taking a prisoner to Saigon and learns about a lost city from a fellow passenger. Syndicated. (26 min)
ADVENTURES OF FRANK MERRIWELL (12-13-47) “The Harris Heirlooms” starring Lawson Zerbe as Frank, Hal Studer as Bart, Elaine Rost as Inza. Frank investigates when the assistant manager of Yale’s basketball team is sought out as the lost heir of a millionaire. Cast: Cameron Andrews, Adelaide Klein, Charles Mullen, Tony Randall, Maurice Tarplin. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
ADVENTURES OF TOPPER (8-30-45) Roland Young stars as Cosmo Topper, with Hope Emerson as his wife and Paul Mann and Frances Cheney as George and Miriam Kirby. Cosmo feigns illness to avoid a visit from his mother-in-law. Dick Kollmar announces. Post Toasties, NBC. (28 min)
ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE (9-12-48) “The Lazarus Caper” starring Howard Duff as Spade, Lurene Tuttle as Effie. A man who fled the country until he was declared legally dead asks Sam to help him return to “life.” Cast includes Joseph Kearns, Howard McNear. Wildroot Cream Oil, CBS. (29 min)
ADVENTURES OF MAISIE (3-8-51) Ann Sothern stars as Maisie, who senses a great opportunity when a boarder at her rooming house has a series of dreams that have all come true. Cast: Sidney Miller, Elvia Allman, Pat McGeehan, Frank Nelson. Syndicated. (28 min)
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (4-15-44) “Something About the Hooded Snake,” part two of “The Cobra King Strikes Back.” Captain Friday questions Dr. Carter about the seven-headed cobra. Syndicated. (25 min)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 9
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (4-22-44) “The Mad King of Ankar” is chapter three of “The Cobra King Strikes Back”: Captain Friday finds a message attached to the tail of a snake. Syndicated. (25 min)
SUSPENSE (7-6-43) “The White Rose Murders” starring Maureen O’Hara. When a number of young women are murdered, a young socialite decides to help her detective boyfriend find the killer. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
QUIZ KIDS (7-21-46) From Chicago, chief Quizzer Joe Kelly puts the questions to Patrick Owen Conlon, Ruthie Duskin, Naomi Cooks, Joel Kupperman, and Harvey Fischman, who is in Hollywood interviewing former Quiz Kid Smylla Brind (working in Hollywood under the name Vanessa Brown). Bob Murphy announces. Alka Seltzer, NBC. (28 min)
DRAGNET (4-17-52) Jack Webb stars as Sgt. Joe Friday, with Martin Milner as Friday’s partner Bill Lockwood. The police investigate a con artist who has been selling businesses he doesn’t own. Cast includes Marion Richman, Victor Rodman. Fatima Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (4-29-44) “Temple of Gorillas” is the fourth chapter of “The Cobra King Strikes Back.” Skip, Capt. Friday and Dr. Carter are captives on an elephant caravan. Syndicated. (25 min)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (5-6-44) “The Living Image of Cambodia” is the fifth chapter of “The Cobra King Strikes Back.” Captain Friday and Skip are reunited with Dr. Carter and his expedition. Syndicated. (26 min)
RED SKELTON SHOW (3-19-46) With Verna Felton, GeGe Pearson, Pat McGeehan, announcer Rod O’Connor, singer Anita Ellis, David Forrester and the Orchestra. “The Traffic is Terrific” is the subject of the Skelton Scrapbook of Satire, with sketches featuring Red as Clem Kadiddlehopper and Junior, the Mean Little Kid. Raleigh Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
GUNSMOKE (1-31-53) William Conrad stars as Marshal Matt Dillon, with Parley Baer as Chester, Howard McNear as Doc, Georgia Ellis as Kitty. A bounty hunter comes to Dodge City to arrest Doc for murder. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
TOMMY DORSEY SHOW (6-24-45) With Charlie Shavers, Buddy Rich, the Sentimentalists, vocalist Stuart Foster and guest Paulette Goddard, who talks about her recently completed film and her plans to start a new movie company. The Dorsey band plays “Chloe,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Tico Tico” and others. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
HALLS OF IVY (10-10-51) Ronald and Benita Colman stars as William Todhunter and Victoria Hall, with Herb Butterfield as Mr. Wellman, who is offended by a student’s editorial in the Ivy campus newspaper. Ken Carpenter announces. Cast includes Hy Averback, Gale Gordon. Schlitz, NBC. (29 min)
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (5-13-44) “Terrors of the Hollow Mountain” is the sixth chapter of “The Cobra King Strikes Back.” The party is taken into a hidden cave. Syndicated. (26 min)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 23
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (5-20-44) “The Face of the Beast” is the seventh chapter of “The Cobra King Strikes Back.” Dr. Carter is reunited with Capt. Friday, Skip and his daughter. Syndicated. (25 min)
CLAUDIA (12-1-47) Kathryn Bard is Claudia and Paul Crabtree is David in this isolated episode of the series. As they prepare to furnish their apartment, David takes Claudia to her first auction. Joe King announces. Coca-Cola, Syndicated. (15 min)
LEGEND OF JIMMY DURANTE (1971) Walter Winchell narrates this recording about the life and career of Jimmy Durante, with excerpts from Durante’s records and radio shows. (15 min & 21 min) Read the article about Jimmy Durante in the Winter 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
JUMBO FIRE CHIEF PROGRAM (10-29-35) A radio edition of the Broadway show, broadcast from the Sawdust Ring of the New York Hippodrome, with Jimmy Durante, Arthur Sinclair, Donald Novis, A.P. Kaye, Gloria Grafton, under the supervision of impresario Billy Rose. By Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, with songs by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Texaco, NBC. (29 min)
NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE (11-17-43) “The Substitute Bride” stars Lon Clark as Nick, with Helen Choate as Patsy. A man has a new bride, but he insists to Nick that she’s not the woman he married. Sustaining, MBS. (30 min)
LUM AND ABNER (9-12-35) Chester Lauck as Lum, Norris Goff as Abner, proprietors of the Jot ‘em Down Store. Lum writes an article for the Pine Ridge paper about how he saved Abner from kidnappers. Horlick’s Malted Milk, MBS. (15 min)
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (5-27-44) “It Was Not Cannibalism” is the eighth chapter of “The Cobra King Strikes Back.” Professor LaBrum describes his encounter with a werewolf. Syndicated. (26 min)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (6-3-44) Chapter nine of “The Cobra King Strikes Back”: “The Fangs and Teeth of the Enemy.” Takwan explains his actions and those of the priests in the temple. Syndicated. (26 min)
OLD GOLD COMEDY THEATRE (2-18-45) “The Milky Way” starring Robert Walker, James Gleason, Eve Arden and Nat Pendleton in a radio version of the 1936 film, about a milquetoast milkman who inadvertently knocks out the middleweight boxing champ and finds himself promoted as a prizefighter. Harold Lloyd hosts. Old Gold Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (12-11-48) Host Ralph Edwards (“Aren’t We Devils?”) presents stunts involving the studio audience and asks a listener to identify “Laughing Boy.” Other stunts include a woman calling her aunt on the telephone and a contestant who must give a speech with the help of guest George Jessel. Harlow Wilcox announces. Duz, NBC. (29 min) Read the article about Truth or Consequences in the Winter 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
ON STAGE (2-26-53) “A Fifth of Tears” starring Cathy and Elliott Lewis in a story written and narrated by Bob Sweeney. An undercover policewoman investigates a bar on Skid Row where an underaged girl is believed to be employed. Cast: Barbara Whiting, Charlotte Lawrence, Irene Tedrow, Byron Kane, Hy Averback, Joseph Granby. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
LIFEBUOY SHOW (10-18-38) Al Jolson stars, with Martha Raye, Harry Einstein as Parkyakarkus, Lud Gluskin and the Orchestra, announcer Tiny Ruffner and guests Marie Wilson and Charlie Butterworth, who join Al and Parky for a sketch, “Nightmare in the Yukon.” Al sings “When Day Is Done.” and Martha sings “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart.” Lifebuoy Soap, CBS. (29 min)
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (6-10-44) “The Amazing End of an Expedition” is the tenth and final chapter of “The Cobra King Strikes Back.” Syndicated. (26 min)
FEBRUARY IS JACK BENNY MONTH!
This month, we celebrate Jack Benny and the movies—both his and others…
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6
PARAMOUNT IS ON THE AIR (1939) A radio movie preview of Man About Town, starring Jack Benny, Dorothy Lamour, Phil Harris, Edward Arnold, Binnie Barnes, Monte Woolley, Betty Grable, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson. The story of a performer (Jack) crashing high society in England. Syndicated. (12 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-16-39) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Kenny Baker, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson, Harry Baldwin. Jack returns from a trip to Palm Springs only to find that Paramount has continued shooting scenes for Man About Town in his absence. Jell-O, NBC. (29 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-23-39) Jack and Phil are at Paramount filming Man About Town and Jack is unhappy with the treatment he’s receiving from the studio. With Mary, Phil, Rochester, Kenny, Don, Russell Hicks. Jell-O, NBC. (29 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (4-29-46) “Gaslight” starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer, re-creating their original roles from the 1944 film, about a newlywed woman who fears she is being driven insane. William Keighley hosts this rehearsal recording. Announcer is John Milton Kennedy. Cast includes Gale Gordon. (16 min & 16 min & 16 min) Read the article about Ingrid Bergman in the Winter 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-14-45) A broadcast for “our liberated prisoners of war stationed at Santa Barbara, California,” with Mary, Phil, Rochester, Don, singer Larry Stevens and guests Larry Adler and Ingrid Bergman. Ingrid joins Jack for a parody of her film Gaslight. AFRS rebroadcast. (24 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (6-25-39) The final show of the season, broadcast from the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois, with Mary, Don, Rochester, Phil, Andy Devine, Harry Baldwin. Jack and the gang are in Waukegan for the premiere of his new film, Man About Town. Jell-O, NBC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13
PARAMOUNT IS ON THE AIR (1936) A radio preview of College Holiday, starring Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Mary Boland, Martha Raye. Jack plays the owner of a bankrupt hotel who agrees to host a group of college students as part of an experiment. Syndicated. (13 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-1-53) With Mary, Dennis, Don, Bob Crosby, Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, the Sportsmen. Guest is producer Stanley Kramer, who protests when Jack announces plans to present his own version of Kramer’s film High Noon. Lucky Strike, CBS. (27 min)
ACADEMY AWARDS (3-2-44) Jack Benny hosts the 16th annual award ceremony from the stage of Graumann’s Chinese Theatre, with announcer Ken Carpenter. Presenters include Col. Darryl F. Zanuck, Donald Crisp, George Murphy, Theresa Wright, Greer Garson. CBS. (24 min)
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (1-7-46) “The Lost Weekend,” starring Ray Milland, Jane Wyman and Frank Faylen, re-creating their movie roles in a radio version of the 1945 film, about an alcoholic writer who must confront his demons during a four-day bender. Winner of the Redbook award for Outstanding Film of the Year. Truman Bradley announces. Lady Esther Cosmetics, CBS. (29 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (3-10-46) Jack and the gang welcome guest Ray Milland, who joins the cast for a parody of his film The Lost Weekend. With Mary, Phil, Don, Rochester, Larry Stevens (making his last appearance on the show before the return of Dennis Day), Mel Blanc, Frank Nelson. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
PARAMOUNT IS ON THE AIR (1940) A radio preview of Paramount’s Buck Benny Rides Again, starring Jack Benny, with Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Fred Allen, Ellen Drew. Rochester sings “My, My” and Dennis sings “My Kind of Country.” Syndicated. (14 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-28-40) From the Ritz Theatre in New York, with Mary, Don, Dennis, Rochester, Charlie Cantor, Eddie Green. Jack and the cast are in New York for the premiere of Buck Benny Rides Again, playing at the Paramount Theatre. Guest is Peter Van Steeden, the orchestra conductor on Fred Allen’s show. Jell-O, NBC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20
PARAMOUNT IS ON THE AIR (1940) A radio preview of Love Thy Neighbor, starring Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Mary Martin, Rochester and The Merry Macs. Benny and Allen play themselves in a film that capitalizes on their famous radio feud. Mary sings “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.” Syndicated. (14 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-17-40) With Mary, Phil, Dennis, Don, Rochester, Elliott Lewis, Frank Nelson, Mary Kelly, Mel Blanc, Benny Rubin, guest Mary Martin. Jack goes to Paramount Pictures to talk the studio into premiering Love Thy Neighbor in his home town of Waukegan. Jell-O, NBC. (27 min)
MAXWELL HOUSE COFFEE TIME (11-21-40) Dick Powell hosts, with Mary Martin, Fanny Brice and Hanley Stafford as Baby Snooks and Daddy, Meredith Willson and the Orchestra, announcer Don Wilson and guest Jack Benny, who wants to talk about the opening of Love Thy Neighbor. Maxwell House Coffee, NBC. (29 min)
LOVE THY NEIGHBOR PREMIERE (12-17-40) A live remote from the Paramount Theatre in New York City, where the film Love Thy Neighbor is about to open, with host Henny Youngman, announcer Don Wilson, and appearances by Tommy Dorsey, Fred Waring, Ed Sullivan, The Ink Spots, Rosemarie Lane, Bea Wain, Andre Baruch, The Nicholas Brothers, Dennis Day, Stuart Canin and the film’s stars, Jack Benny and Fred Allen. MBS. (14 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (9-17-51) “Sunset Boulevard” with William Holden and Gloria Swanson in a radio adaptation of their 1950 film. A silent movie actress who wants to make a comeback attracts a down-on-his-luck writer to work for her. Cast includes Nancy Gates, William Conrad, John Wengraf. William Keighley hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (21 min & 22 min & 16 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (3-25-51) With Don, Dennis, Phil, Rochester, Mel Blanc, Joseph Kearns, Herb Vigran. Guest is Babe Marks, Mary Livingstone’s sister. When Mary is unable to appear on the show. Babe steps in to play the Gloria Swanson role in Jack’s version of Sunset Boulevard. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, CBS. (27 min)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-23-44) From the Army Air Field at Murock, California, with Mary, Phil, Don, Dennis, Rochester, Butterfly McQueen, John Brown and guest Alexis Smith. Jack is preparing for his role in the movie The Horn Blows at Midnight and wants to rehearse with Alexis. Grape Nuts, NBC. (30 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-30-44) When Jack learns that Warner Bros. plans to cut his love scene from The Horn Blows at Midnight, he and Mary visit the studio to talk with director Raoul Walsh. Grape-Nuts, NBC. (30 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-20-49) With Mary, Don, Rochester, Dennis, The Sportsmen. Jack announces his plans to appear on The Ford Theater for a radio version of The Horn Blows at Midnight, much to the dismay of the show’s director Fletcher Markle, who tries to persuade Jack to do something else. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, CBS. (28 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-27-49) After Fletcher Markle’s unsuccessful attempt to talk Jack out of appearing on The Ford Theater, actor Claude Rains stops by Jack’s house for the same reason. Dennis sings “Forever and Ever.” Lucky Strike Cigarettes, CBS. (27 min)
FORD THEATRE (3-4-49) “The Horn Blows at Midnight” starring Jack Benny, Mercedes McCambridge and Claude Rains in a radio version of his 1945 film, about an angel who is assigned the task of destroying Earth. Cast includes Hans Conried, Herb Vigran. Ford Motors, CBS. (16 min & 18 min & 22 min)
SATURDAY, MARCH 5
VIRGINIA GREGG: A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
Virginia Gregg was born on March 6, 1916.
LET GEORGE DO IT (4-24-50) “Death Begins at 45” starring Bob Bailey as George Valentine and Virginia Gregg as Claire Brooks. George and Brooksie visit the quiet town of River Vista and find the body of a gangster. Cast: Lawrence Dobkin, William Conrad, Robert Griffin, Pat McGeehan, Doris Singleton. Standard Oil of California, MBS. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (3-19-84) Chuck Schaden’s conversation with actress Virginia Gregg, who talks about her career in radio and television. Recorded at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California. (22 min)
SUSPENSE (8-3-54) “Goodnight, Mrs. Russell” starring Virginia Gregg and Vic Perrin. A widow who encounters a strange young man who plans to kill her. With Jill Jarman, Eleanor Tannen. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
FORT LARAMIE (3-11-56) “Hattie Pelfrey” starring Raymond Burr as Sgt. Lee Quince, Vic Perrin as Sgt. Gorce, Harry Bartell as Lt. Seiberts, Sam Edwards as Harrison. Quince is wounded in battle and finds shelter with a cantankerous, shotgun-toting widow. With Virginia Gregg, John Dehner. Sustaining, CBS. (28 min)
ESCAPE (3-21-48) “Misfortune’s Isle” starring Paul Frees and Virginia Gregg. In 1790s Manila, a sea captain leads a daring raid on a group of pirates who are living on an island. Cast: William Conrad, Berry Kroeger, Tony Barrett. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE (7-9-49) Dick Powell stars as Diamond, with Virginia Gregg as his girlfriend Helen Asher. An escaped convict seeks revenge on Diamond by kidnapping Helen. With Ed Begley as Lt. Levenson, Wilms Herbert as Sgt. Otis, Lawrence Dobkin, Paul Frees, Herb Butterfield. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, MARCH 12
FIRST NIGHTER (3-25-41) “Love and Gazooza” starring Barbara Luddy and Les Tremayne from “The little theatre off Times Square,” with Eric Sagerquist and the First Nighter Orchestra. A romantic comedy about a well-to-do Mexican in love with a reluctant senorita. Campana, CBS. (25 min)
THE FAT MAN (10-3-47) “A Window For Murder” starring J. Scott Smart as detective Brad Runyon, who investigates when a former classmate is witness to a murder. Cast includes Alice Frost, Sara Burton. Buick, ABC. (29 min)
CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (5-30-43) With Dale Evans, the Sportsmen, Ray Noble and the Orchestra and guest Walter Pidgeon. Charlie wants to interview Walter for his school paper. Chase and Sanborn Coffee, Tender Leaf Tea, NBC. (29 min)
LOUELLA PARSONS (9-26-48) The Hollywood columnist has news and gossip about Robert Mitchum, Hedy Lamarr, Milton Berle, Jane Wyman and Ronald Reagan. Guests are George Raft and Mona Freeman. Woodbury Facial Soap, ABC. (14 min)
HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (12-8-49) “Christopher and Columbus” starring Dorothy McGuire with Frank Lovejoy in a radio version of the story by Elizabeth von Arnim. McGuire plays a pair of twin sisters who travel from London to America to meet up with a friend of their uncle. James Hilton hosts. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (29 min)
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (1-17-50) Jim and Marian star as the McGees, with Bill Thompson, Gale Gordon, Arthur Q. Bryan, Dick LeGrand, Cliff Arquette, Herb Vigran, announcer Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. A tree surgeon determines that a tree across the street from the McGees has to come down and Fibber offers to do the job himself. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, MARCH 19
DICK CAVETT’S RADIO DAYS
YOU BET YOUR LIFE (4-5-50) Groucho Marx hosts this quiz program, with announcer George Fenneman. Couples answer questions about nursery rhymes, Irish songs and the Bible. DeSoto, CBS. (29 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (6-4-14) Part one of Steve Darnall’s conversation with Dick Cavett, who talks by telephone from his home in New York about his career in television and radio. Recorded by Kathy Dunaj of Sound-Video Impressions in Des Plaines, Illinois. (23 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Winter 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
FRED ALLEN SHOW (1-30-49) With Portland Hoffa, Kenny Delmar, Parker Fennelley, Minerva Pious, Peter Donald and guest Rudy Vallee, who sings “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.” Fred offers to help get Rudy into television. Ford, NBC. (30 min)
BOB AND RAY (3-2-60) “Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding present the CBS Radio Network” with an episode of “One Fella’s Family” and Wally Ballou reporting from Cape Canaveral. Participating sponsors, CBS. (14 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (6-4-14) Part two of Steve Darnall’s telephone conversation with Dick Cavett. (21 min)
JACK PAAR SHOW (6-22-47) A summer replacement series for Jack Benny, with singer Trudi Erwin, The Page Cavanaugh Trio. Jack spoofs celebrity interviews and presents a disc jockey program from 100 years ago. With Hy Averback, Hans Conried. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
THE LONE RANGER (2-21-49) Brace Beemer stars as the Ranger, with John Todd as Tonto, announcer Fred Foy. A wanted outlaw gives himself up to the Lone Ranger, unaware that his son and sister are planning to surprise him with a visit. Cast includes Richard Beals. Syndicated, ABC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, MARCH 26
EASTER GREETINGS… AND MARCH MADNESS
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-10-55) With Mary, Rochester, Dennis, Don, Bob Crosby, Frank Nelson, Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, Artie Auerbach. Jack wants to wear his white suit as he prepares for the Easter parade on Wilshire Blvd. Lucky Strike, CBS. (27 min)
HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (4-14-49) “One Foot in Heaven” stars George Brent in a radio version of the story by Hartzell Spence, about a Methodist preacher “with one foot in Heaven and one foot on God’s green earth” as he sets up his parsonage in a small Iowa town. Cast includes Ed Begley, Parley Baer. James Hilton hosts. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (29 min)
MELODY AND MADNESS (1-22-39) With Robert Benchley (“Radio’s Subdued Swinger”), with music by Artie Shaw and his Orchestra, singer Dick Todd, announcer Del Sharbutt. Benchley delivers a monologue about swing and takes listeners on a tour of Paris; the band plays “Rose Room” and “Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise.” Old Gold Cigarettes, CBS. (28 min)
OUR MISS BROOKS (4-1-51) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, with Gale Gordon as Mr. Conklin, Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton, Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Ed Begley, Mary Jane Croft. Miss Brooks plans to work during the school’s spring vacation to get money for a new Easter dress. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (30 min)
THE SHADOW (11-5-39) “Mansion of Madness” starring William Johnstone as Lamont Cranston, with Marjorie Anderson as the lovely Margo Lane. A violent storm forces Margo and Lamont to seek shelter in a mysterious castle, where they meet a strange young woman. Cast includes Kenny Delmar, Arthur Vinton, Richard Widmark. Ken Roberts announces. Sustaining, MBS. (25 min)
LIFE OF RILEY (3-27-48) William Bendix stars as Riley, with Paula Winslowe as Peg, John Brown as Digby O’Dell, Barbara Eiler as Babs, Dink Trout as Waldo Binney. At Easter time, Riley has invented a new fertilizer that appears to have unexpected side effects. Teel, NBC. (29 min)
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20
FAMILY THEATRE (12-15-48) “A Daddy For Christmas” starring Pat O’Brien. A boy asks Santa for a bicycle... and a Daddy. Sustaining, MBS.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 25. Captain Tin Top has returned the Silver Star, only for the Crazy Quilt Dragon to steal it!
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 26. The final chapter of the adventure. Will Judy and Jimmy finally get the Silver Star back for their Christmas tree?
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (12-19-48) When Phil and Alice’s daughters want to see Santa Claus for Christmas, Phil must find someone to play the part. Jack Benny guests. Rexall, NBC.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (12-19-55 through 12-23-55) “The Nick Shurn Matter” starring Bob Bailey as the man with the action-packed expense account, who investigates when a nightclub owner is shot to death at Christmas time. Sustaining, CBS.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 3
PHILCO RADIO TIME (2-19-47) Bing Crosby stars, with guests Judy Garland, William Frawley, and director Leo McCarey. Philco, ABC.
THE WHISTLER (12-4-44) “The Doctor Operates in Crime” stars Elliott Lewis as a gangster who goes to a plastic surgeon to change his appearance. Signal Oil, CBS.
GRAND MARQUEE (7-23-46) “Hold It, Please” starring Jim Ameche and Beryl Vaughn in a romantic comedy about a photographer who runs afoul of an opera star’s manager. Sustaining, NBC.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10
MR. KEEN, TRACER OF LOST PERSONS (10-6-49) “The Man Who Invented Death” starring Bennett Kilpack as Mr. Keen. An inventor is killed when someone tampers with his work. Anacin, Kolynos, CBS.
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (3-17-45) Ralph Edwards leads members of the studio audience through stunts, with guests Chili Williams and Rudy Vallee. Duz, NBC. Read the article about Truth or Consequences in the Winter 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
ESCAPE (2-15-48) “Ancient Sorceries” starring Paul Frees, with William Conrad, Kay Brinker in a chilling tale of the supernatural. Sustaining, CBS.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 17
GLENN MILLER AND HIS ORCHESTRA (4-4-39) A remote from Frank Dailey’s Meadowbrook, with vocals by Ray Eberle and Marion Hutton. Sustaining, NBC.
CRIME CLASSICS (6-29-53) “The Sudden Life and Checkered Death of Colonel James Fiske Jr.” is the story of a rivalry and an untimely death. Sustaining, CBS.
BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (3-24-49) With Bill Goodwin and guest Jane Wyman, who is nervous about the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony. Maxwell House Coffee, NBC.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 24
SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (8-5-49) “Fort Apache” starring John Wayne and Ward Bond in a re-creation of their 1948 film. A cavalry veteran clashes with his new commanding officer. Pabst Beer, NBC. Read the article about John wayne in the Winter 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
OUR MISS BROOKS (11-14-48) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, who is pressed into service as a baby-sitter. Palmolive, CBS.
INNER SANCTUM (10-2-45) “The Shadow of Death” starring Richard Widmark as a young man who insists that his dreams cause people to die. Lipton Tea and Soup, CBS.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (4-10-49) Frankie Remley (Elliott Lewis) invites the Harris family to join him for a trip to Clyde Beatty’s circus. Rexall, NBC.
THE SHADOW (2-23-41) “The Chess Club Murders” starring Bill Johnstone as Lamont Cranston. The Shadow investigates a pair of murders at the prestigious Chess Club. Blue Coal, MBS.
INFORMATION PLEASE (7-11-39) It’s “time to stump the experts” as Clifton Fadiman welcomes John Kieran, Franklin P. Adams, Oscar Levant and guest Elliott Roosevelt. Canada Dry, NBC.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7
ADVENTURES OF NERO WOLFE (10-27-50) “The Careworn Cuff” starring Sydney Greenstreet as Wolfe. A man pays Wolfe $1,000 to drop a client he doesn’t have. Sustaining, NBC.
COMEDY CARAVAN (3-31-44) Starring Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore, with songs by Georgia Gibbs. Jimmy and Garry present a murder mystery spoof, “The G-String Murder.” Read the article about Jimmy Durante in the Winter 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
DAMON RUNYON THEATRE (6-19-49) “The Brakeman’s Daughter” starring John Brown as Broadway, with the story of a young hoodlum who is the butt of a practical joke. Syndicated.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (2-10-42) With Jim and Marian Jordan as the McGees. Molly has received a big box of Valentine’s candy but Fibber doesn’t remember sending it to her! Johnson’s Wax, NBC.
THEATRE OF ROMANCE (12-11-45) “Love Affair” starring Van Johnson and Susan Peters in a radio version of the 1939 film, about a shipboard romance. Colgate, CBS.
DUFFY’S TAVERN (2-16-50) Ed Gardner stars as Archie, who receives an unsigned Valentine and tries to guess who sent it. Shelley Winters is guest. Participating sponsors, NBC.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21
DRAGNET (8-10-50) Jack Webb stars as Sgt. Joe Friday, who investigates the theft of narcotics from a hospital pharmacy. Fatima Cigarettes, NBC.
RAILROAD HOUR (4-6-53) “Sally” starring Gordon MacRae and Lucille Norman in a radio version of the Jerome Kern musical about a dishwasher who poses as royalty. Association of American Railroads, NBC.
GREAT SCENES FROM GREAT PLAYS (2-18-49) “A Doll’s House” starring Ingrid Bergman and Brian Aherne in a radio version of the famous play by Henrik Ibsen. Syndicated. Read the article about Ingrid Bergman in the Winter 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28
LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-20-39) “Stage Door” starring Ginger Rogers, Rosalind Russell and Adolph Menjou in a radio version of the 1937 film, about a theatrical boarding house and the aspiring actresses who live there. Lux Soap, CBS.
CASEY, CRIME PHOTOGRAPHER (10-16-47) “The Camera Bug” starring Staats Cotsworth. A young photographer finds himself at the scene of a murder. Anchor Hocking Glass, CBS.
SUNDAY, MARCH 6
COMMAND PERFORMANCE (5-29-48) A special program honoring the show’s sixth anniversary, featuring performances from Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Claudette Colbert, Jimmy Durante, Ronald Colman and many others. AFRS.
COLUMBIA WORKSHOP (6-8-41) “The Odyssey of Runyon Jones” by Norman Corwin. When a dog is run over by a car, it’s up to his young owner to save the dog from “Curgatory.” Sustaining, CBS.
SUNDAY, MARCH 13
MATINEE WITH BOB AND RAY (8-9-49) Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding from early in their careers, spoofing poetry shows and presenting “The Life and Loves of Linda Lovely.” Participating sponsors, WHDH.
ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE (7-25-48) “The Mad Scientist Caper” starring Howard Duff as Sam and Lurene Tuttle as Effie. A scientist asks Sam to track down a missing “secret formula.” Wildroot Cream Oil, CBS.
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (1-25-50) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, who is coerced into inviting his niece’s future in-laws to dinner. Kraft, NBC.
SUNDAY, MARCH 20
BROADWAY IS MY BEAT (2-21-53) Larry Thor stars as Detective Danny Clover, who investigates when a rookie policeman is stabbed to death. Sustaining, NBC.
LIFE OF RILEY (5-3-47) William Bendix stars as Chester Riley, whose daughter Babs must give a dinner as part of her Home Economics class. Dreft, NBC.
X MINUS ONE (11-21-56) “Chain of Command” starring John McGovern, John Gibson, Alan Bunce in a story about a top-secret atomic laboratory and its unusual residents. Sustaining, NBC.
SUNDAY, MARCH 27
The last program in our current series.
CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (12-26-48) On their last show for Chase and Sanborn, Edgar and Charlie look back at some highlights from their radio career. Chase and Sanborn, NBC.
SUSPENSE (8-25-57) “Leiningen Versus the Ants” starring William Conrad and Ben Wright in the “classic story of nature’s imbalance.” Participating sponsors, CBS.
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (6-1-52) It’s the last show of the season, and Jack is preparing for a trip to London and an appearance at the Palladium. AFRS rebroadcast.
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